Mugello Moto2: Lowes beats Nakagami by 0.047s to clinch pole

Sam Lowes took his third pole of the Moto2 season at Mugello as he beat closest rival Takaaki Nakagami by just 0.047s in a tight qualifying session.

Mugello Moto2: Lowes beats Nakagami by 0.047s to clinch pole
Sam Lowes, Federal Oil Gresini Moto2
Danny Kent, Leopard Racing
Thomas Lüthi, Interwetten
Lorenzo Baldassarri, Forward Racing
Xavi Vierge, Tech 3 Racing
Ratthapark Wilairot, Idemitsu Honda Team Asia

The British rider lapped the Italian track in 1m51.965s to head the timesheets from Nakagami, with Lorenzo Baldassarri securing a front row start in third, just a further 0.076s back.

Forward rider Baldassarri held the top spot for a large part of the session before Lowes became the only rider to dip beneath the 1m52s to clinch pole.

Axel Pons headed the second row having qualified fourth, 0.005s behind Baldassarri and fractionally ahead of Marcel Schrotter and reigning champion Johann Zarco.

Le Mans polesitter Thomas Luthi managed only the seventh quickest time with Simone Corsi eighth, the Speed Up rider falling twice in the 45-minute session.

Championship leader Alex Rins also suffered a fall in the dying moments, finishing ninth, while Luca Marini completed the top 10 on the second Forward bike.

Marc Marquez's younger brother Alex was 14th, while 2015 Moto3 champion Danny Kent could no more than 18th, just behind MotoGP-bound Jonas Folger.

A fairly incident-free and competitive session saw the top 20 riders covered within a second of polesitter Lowes.

Qualifying results:

1 United KingdomSam Lowes  Kalex 1:51.965
2 JapanTakaaki Nakagami  Kalex 1:52.012
3 ItalyLorenzo Baldassarri  Kalex 1:52.088
4 SpainAxel Pons  Kalex 1:52.091
5 GermanyMarcel Schrötter  Kalex 1:52.134
6 FranceJohann Zarco  Kalex 1:52.198
7 SwitzerlandThomas Luthi  Kalex 1:52.265
8 ItalySimone Corsi  Speed Up 1:52.321
9 SpainAlex Rins  Kalex 1:52.321
10 ItalyLuca Marini  Kalex 1:52.330
11 GermanySandro Cortese  Kalex 1:52.343
12 SwitzerlandDominique Aegerter  Kalex 1:52.361
13 ItalyFranco Morbidelli  Kalex 1:52.394
14 SpainAlex Marquez  Kalex 1:52.399
15 MalaysiaHafizh Syahrin  Kalex 1:52.466
16 SpainLuis Salom  Kalex 1:52.624
17 GermanyJonas Folger  Kalex 1:52.652
18 United KingdomDanny Kent  Kalex 1:52.694
19 BelgiumXavier Simeon  Speed Up 1:52.743
20 SpainJulian Simon  Speed Up 1:52.754
21 PortugalMiguel Oliveira  Kalex 1:53.170
22 ItalyMattia Pasini  Kalex 1:53.238
23 ThailandRatthapark Wilairot  Kalex 1:53.318
24 SwitzerlandRobin Mulhauser  Kalex 1:53.623
25 SpainRicard Cardus  Suter 1:53.778
26 SpainIsaac Viñales  Tech 3 1:53.806
27 SpainEdgar Pons  Kalex 1:53.881
28 Federico Fuligni  Kalex 1:53.949
29 SpainXavi Vierge  Tech 3 1:54.288
30 ItalyAlessandro Tonucci  Kalex 1:54.832
31 SwitzerlandJesko Raffin  Kalex 1:55.197
Le Mans Moto2: Rins holds off Corsi for win

Previous article

Le Mans Moto2: Rins holds off Corsi for win

Next article

Mugello Moto2: Zarco beats Baldassarri in two-part thriller

Mugello Moto2: Zarco beats Baldassarri in two-part thriller
Load comments

About this article

Series Moto2
Event Mugello
Location Mugello Circuit
Author Darshan Chokhani